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Spotlight on: Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project

I know I’ve been a little off the grid these past few weeks, but as all dance teachers know, spring is a busy time of year. And even with only two classes, I still found myself busier than ever the past few weeks. Costumes, rehearsals, lighting, etc. And here’s the end result. My level 1/2 jazz group opened our spring show and my level 1/2 tap closed the show. (It gets a little blurry in jazz for a minute but it comes back, wait for it!)

I couldn’t be prouder. Thanks to all the students who gave it their all this semester.

And, for any prospective college students in the Boston area, if you want to find out more about the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project, get in touch or check out the details.

Now Dancing to: Bang Bang by will.i.am

In honor of the Oscars this weekend, I thought I’d share a track from one of last year’s top movies, The Great Gatsby. If you haven’t checked out the soundtrack yet, do. It’s loaded with some great upbeat pieces that are perfect for class or performance. The soundtrack was nominated for a few Grammys last year, so you can’t go wrong, right?

This piece from will.i.am is perfect for a jazz dance with a little attitude, a little 20s throwback and a lot of spunk. I’m thinking some Charlestons, kicks and a lot of fierce poses. It might even make a great production number as it could work for a variety of ages.

Take a listen and let me know I’m not alone. What do you envision? I’m seeing fringe. And sequins. Duh, of course sequins. Check out “Bang Bang” on your music service of choice:

iTunes | Amazon | GooglePlay

Now Dancing to: Tightrope by Janelle Monae

One of the things we challenge our college-aged students to do when working on new choreography is to come up with an idea for their dance. A concept. A story. We challenge them to create more than dance moves, but movement with feeling behind it. And if we challenge them to do it, I think we should have to do the same. Do as I say, do as I do… right?

And this song, Tightrope by Janelle Monae is a song you can use to tell a story. The beat is great and the lyrics can be interpreted in different ways, it just depends on your reference point. And the beat is great for tap or a pop jazz. For guys or girls or both. Watch the video and get inspired by Janelle’s quirky dance moves. Then, find it at your favorite source:

Amazon | iTunes | Spotify | Google Play

Dance Kelly Style on: Music

DanceInsaneFriedrichNietzscheAs a kid, I’d dance to almost anything. A dripping faucet. Banging on pots and pans. My parents reprimanding me. (That last one hardly ever works out in your favor, FYI.) These days, now that I’m not a kid anymore, I’m always looking for new music to dance to. And that’s one of my focuses here on the blog. With your help, of course, I’m out to create a database of music to dance to. For class. For performance. For jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop. Heck, for dancing in your car. Why not?

So, if you’re looking for a certain type of music, let me know. I want to help you find it. Instrumental jazz with a tribal beat? Let’s find it. Soft shoe music with a modern twist. Let’s do it. And let’s choreograph it and dance until the day ends.

What do you say? Are you in? We’ve got music to dance to.